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The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that Ukrainian public health labs that handle infectious agents destroy any “high-threat pathogens” to prevent potential spills during the ongoing Russian invasion, the agency told Reuters on Thursday (March 10). 

The WHO previously worked with Ukrainian public health labs to establish security protocols aimed at preventing the “accidental or deliberate” release of such pathogens, the agency told Reuters in an email. “As part of this work, the WHO has strongly recommended to the Ministry of Health in Ukraine and other responsible bodies to destroy high-threat pathogens to prevent any potential spills,” the email read.

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